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5 Important Tests For Type 2 Diabetes

It takes more than just one abnormal blood test to diagnose diabetes.Istockphoto For centuries, diabetes testing mostly consisted of a physician dipping his pinkie into a urine sample and tasting it to pick up on abnormally high sugar. Thankfully, testing for type 2 diabetes is lot easier now—at least for doctors. Urine tests can still pick up diabetes. However, sugar levels need to be quite high (and diabetes more advanced) to be detected on a urine test, so this is not the test of choice for type 2 diabetes. Blood tests Almost all diabetes tests are now conducted on blood samples, which are collected in a visit to your physician or obstetrician (if you're pregnant). More about type 2 diabetes If you have an abnormal resultmeaning blood sugar is too high—on any of these tests, you'll need to have more testing. Many things can affect blood sugar (such as certain medications, illness, or stress). A diabetes diagnosis requires more than just one abnormal blood sugar result. The main types of diabetes blood tests include: Oral glucose-tolerance test. This test is most commonly performed during pregnancy. You typically have your blood drawn once, then drink a syrupy glucose solutio Continue reading >>

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  1. redsack10

    where to get diabetes testing with no insurance

    I am a 33 year old male. I currently think I may have diabetes but I have no insurance and am having problems findiing a testing site. I am currently layed off so I have no benefits. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can go. My symptoms are getting to the point where I feel I will pass out. I spend most of my time in the bathroom. Someone Please Help

  2. jwags

    You can get a cheap meter and strips at Walmart. Test your bg when you wake up after fasting overnight. If it is above 100 you need to see a doctor. I know the Cleveland Clinic has programs to help you with medical bills if you are uninsured. I'm not sure where you are but you could give them a call and ask. Also those minute clinics at CVS can do some very basic tests but eventually if you have diabetes you will have to be under a doctors care. In the Introduction forum section , David has put together some resources for uninsured and gives you lots of links. Hope you find some help.

  3. datty

    Self-diagnosis with a cheap meter is one thing but if you are indeed diabetic and experiencing severe symptoms then as Jeanne says you need to be under the care of a doctor anyway who can arrange the proper tests and prescribe medication, etc. I hope you can find one in your area.

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